6.4 out of 10

Fillmore St, Pacific Heights

Ranked 4th best street in Pacific Heights
37.7929604006955 -122.434656584981
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"City's best shopping on a beautiful street"

Fillmore around Geary street is one of the more famous shopping areas in the country; and, it's for a reason! This stretch of Fillmore is in the very posh neighborhood of Pacific Heights and it is spectacularly beautiful. The biggest houses I have yet to encounter in my lifetime are in Pacific Heights. And, the shopping follows suit to some extent. A lot of the shops are housed in Victorian buildings which adds a lot of charm to the experience. And, because there is some diversity to the stores combined with restaurants and bars, there's always a bit of bustle to the street.
Now, let's get down to business: the shopping. The women's clothing runs the gamut from Marc Jacobs to Crossroads Vintage (one of my faves) to Jigsaw in a matter of a few blocks. There isn't a woman alive who can't find something in her taste and budget on this street. There are a couple of pet stores, a bunch of jewelry boutiques and even a benefit shop and who doesn't love makeup . . (besides most men)? Seriously, if they had a Whole Foods on this street, you would never have to leave it. There are even a bunch of home stores. Those are all really shishi but the people in the neighborhood can afford it and they have some beautiful pieces in them if you just want to browse. There's even an acupuncture place on this street for crying out loud!
And, after you're tired from all of the shopping and personal enjoyment, you can even eat and drink on Fillmore. Most of the restaurants are, well . . .they're not exactly casual, but you find a pizza place or a Noah's bagel if you just want to grab something and you look like a schlub. There's even a Coffee Bean and a Peet's (although I'm in camp Coffee Bean, myself). There is, seriously, nothing you lack in regards to enjoying a leisurely day on Fillmore. The scenery is beautiful, the shops are fantastic and there's food and booze. What could go wrong?
Pros
  • Fantastic Shopping
  • Beautiful neighborhood
  • Great bars
Cons
  • A little uppity
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place for singles!"

I really like the Fillmore and I LOVED the Fillmore when I was single. There are so many great places to hang out, grab a drink with friends, go dancing, or just chill. Seems like no matter what you are in the mood for there is something for whatever you mood. It's most known to local singles for the Triangle which are 3 bars that are on adjacent corners: Balboa Cafe, City Tavern, and East Side West. When the weather is hot (which is about 2-3 weeks the entire year in SF) this intersection is packed with people wanting to grab a drink and sit outside with their cocktail. East Side West has some good eats too. Something a little more funky? The Comet Club or The MatrixFillmore. Two really fun places to get your groove on after 10pm.

It also has some great restaurants near Lombard, like PlumpJack Cafe. (white table cloth - fine dining). For low key - there's Pizza Orgasmica.
Pros
  • Great bars
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Fillmore Auditorium!"

Fillmore Street is one of the more well known streets in San Francisco. On top the huge variety of shops and restaurants, Fillmore Street is famous for its collection of jazz clubs. Additionally, one of the coolest parts about my visit on this street was the Fillmore Auditorium. This music venue is San Fran landmark made famous by Bill Graham that reopen in 1994. If you are ever in the area I would strongly recommend trying to see a concert.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Alot to offer a variety of people"

FIllmore starts out in the Marina district, which is very yuppy. Lots of expensive homes and apartments which are built on man-made land and waiting to fall into the harbor when the next big quake hits. As you move up the hill it gets more sophisticated in Pac Heights with nice restaurants and shops. As you head down the hill through Pac Heights you cross over Geary St. and get into Japan town and the Jazz district - this area can be dangerous. The next area you hot is the lower Haight - hippy central with plenty of ethnic food to offer.

All in all, this street has something for everyone if you visit the section that best suits you! It has many restaurants and shops.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"One of the most diverse streets in San Francisco"

I've lived on Fillmore Street in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation district for nearly eight years now. I've seen a lot of changes in that time, but my love for my neighborhood has only grown.

Fillmore Street is one of the major commecial streets in San Francisco. It flourished as a commercial center after the 1906 quake, as it was one of the few major shopping streets to survive the quake and fire. Today, it stretches from Chrissy Field in the Marina, down through the trendy shops and restaurants of Pacific Heights, past Japantown and the jazz and music clubs in my neighborhood, past some slightly dodgey areas on the edge of the Western Addition, to the Lower Haight's counter-culture vibe. Along this street, you'll find monied yuppies, large Asian and African American communities, and a few left-over hippies. That's diversity!

Fillmore Street offers a wide variety of diversions as well. As I mentioned, my neighborhood is well-know for the music clubs found there, such as The Fillmore, Yoshi's, Rasela's, The Sheba Lounge, and John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room. The Sundance Kabuki movie theater has been a great addition to the neighborhood, and several excellent restaurants have sprouted up in the immediate viscinity. For a different type of movie-going experience, there's also the wonderful Clay Theater up the hill. Don't miss the midnight movies there. Or, if spa treatments are more your thing, you could hit the baths or grab a massage before your film, because there are day-spas virtually next-door to both theaters.

If you're loooking for food, you're in good luck. Again, Fillmore street offers diversity of cuisine, ambiance, and price range. You'll find sushi, Indian, steaks, African, Mexican, creperies, Greek, fast food, seafood, French, Italian, Korean, and more. We even have a "chocolate cafe."

Shopping is excellent, if pricy, along Fillmore Street through Pacific Heights. Independent boutiques selling a wide variety of wares can be found next to exclusive stores for high end designers. One thing is obvious, there is a lot of disposable income in San Francisco! Continuing up and then down the Fillmore hill, you'll find some more moderately priced shops in the Marina. Shopping on Fillmore can be very neighborhoody. Shop owners of stores I frequent greet me warmly, which is nice when you live in a big city. On the other end of the shopping spectrum, you can find some well-stocked head shops in the Lower Haight if that's your thing, or visit the new organic ice cream shop or whole foods market there.

Oh, and how can I forget to mention the Fillmore Farmers' Market held every Saturday morning? With live jazz and all sorts of vendors, it's the ultimate neighborhood gathering place. Truly, Fillmore Street is one of San Francisco's gems!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Fillmore St. is Very Diverse"

Fillmore is a very interesting street. I live on Fillmore and it’s quite a unique street. I live more in the Pac Heights area which has great shops and restaurants. There further north you go, there are some nice houses and bars and trendy restaurants towards the Marina. Now Fillmore also has a great Jazz District. Yoshi’s and other great spots are there, but the further south you go can get a little sketchy. The Lower Haight has some great stores and restaurants. You pretty much get a lot for one street on Fillmore. Oh yeah, also the music venue the Fillmore is a great venue with good bands always there.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Cool Place to Hang Out"

The Fillmore is a pretty cool place if you’re looking for a place to go hang out with your buddies. The only thing about the Fillmore is that there’s a bit of a homeless population, especially around Masonic. Most of the time they keep to themselves, but sometimes they ask for change. Fillmore has many things to do such as watch a movie, go to a bar, or listen to live music. The streets are fairly clean, and it is always busy.
3/5
2yrs+

"Can get expensive"

Fillmore street is home to residential and business areas. There are areas that offer some fun shops and restaurants, but be prepared to spend a lot of money if you visit the area. There are some interesting antique stores and galleries here, so you could just visit to enjoy the scenery and window shop.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Entertaining, always new things to explore!"

Filmore stretches from right outside the Castro district and continues down into the Marina. It is a pathway from which you can explore much of San Francisco great areas. From its very start it crosses right through Haight and continues past Japantown; from Sutter street to Jackson there are great resturants and delis, such as Mayflower, Gino's, and Dino's pizza. There's always great shopping, from high-end Marc Jacobs to urban clothing. Its a great walking street and theres also the 22 Filmore drives along the whole street so you can walk or hop on. Its a comfortably busy street which never fails to amuse and surprise its' walkers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Place to hang out for a day"

Fillmore Street between Sutter Street and Jackson Street is a very busy street, especially on the weekends. There are so many different clothing stores, food places, even a small theatre. I would get to Fillmore and find a place for lunch, or brunch. Then I would find a place for desert, my favorite desert place is Tango Gelato which has many different flavors. It also has free Wi-fi so I sometimes do my work there. There are many other places where people can do that too. After, to walk off that gelato, I would shop around and look at the different clothing stores. If I get bored, I could always see what movie is playing at the Clay theatre. Finally, I would find another place for dinner. Fillmore is a great place to hang out with friends or to do work since there are many cafes. But be warned, it is a little bit of a hill. All the better to walk off that gelato though.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Famous for the shopping"

San francisco's fillmore st is a famous shopping street and district. The closer you get to the marina, the nicer it gets. There are great clothing stores, retail shops and even bookstores. The shops are definitely a bit yuppy and are frequented by the middle aged and elderly. Lots of tourists hang around here as well.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good, Bad and Ugly"

There are areas of Fillmore that are excellent. As you go north, past Geary, Fillmore gets a whole lot nicer. South of Geary, Fillmore is a bit of a 'hood. This is where I used to live. It was fine, but not my favorite place to inhabit. My personal preference is to be near California and Fillmore streets. The stores get a bit more boutique-y, there is a great independent movie theater called The Clay that shows midnight movies, a Peet's Coffee, Johnny Rockets, and other slightly more enjoyable places to eat. There is also an excellent hospital nearby (California Pacific Medical Group) and a Whole Foods.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Historical street/neighborhood in San Francisco has lots of action!"

Fillmore Street is home to some of San Francisco’s finest stores, shops and attractions. Although it would be hard to say all of Fillmore Street is upscale, it does have its points. Fillmore Street is very long and runs North-South through a large part of the city. Public transportation is plentiful on Fillmore. Though a lot of parts of Fillmore are residential, there are certain parts of Fillmore filled with stores and shops.

The housing in the Fillmore District and on the street is very mixed. There are parts where some may consider “slums” and some areas where people would consider “paradise”. Crime is very adamant in parts of the Fillmore however many people report that it is getting substantially better. There are project buildings along Fillmore Street; however I would say they are better off than other projects in the city.

Do not get me wrong however as there are many fine parts of Fillmore Street that may be well desired to live at. However, it just wouldn’t be my ideal street.

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